Monday, April 7, 2014

Planning for Easter

This table is something of a dry run for Easter.  We may have as many as ten around the table this year, as our son and his family are moving to the Austin area the week before Easter.  I will finally have all my chicks in one state -- yay!

I knew I wanted to use the pretty Castleton Gloria china that my mother surprised me with two years ago.  You can read the story of that surprise here.  Gloria has a thin robin's egg blue band around the rim, so I pulled out these coordinating placemats, which were a gift from my sister.
I also wanted to use these cute dessert plates, as well as some pastel gingham napkins, all from Pier 1 this year. I added egg cups in colors to match the napkins and some paper mache eggs I've had for years.  Here's the pink version . . .
the lavender version . . .
the green version . . .
and the yellow version.  I was pleased with how well all the different pastels worked with the robin's egg blue. 
 For a simple centerpiece, I pulled out two nests and added robin's egg blue eggs.  (Is that redundant?)
For Easter dinner, I will remove the candles and add fresh flowers, more placesettings and real eggs in the egg cups as placecards.  And the grands might "need" a chocolate bunny at their places, don't you agree?
Thanks for stopping by!  I will be linking to the party at Cuisine Kathleen, so hop on over to see other tables featuring eggs, birds, and/or nests!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thinking Green

I wanted to join the fifth annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen this year, so I started by pulling out my vintage green glassware.  The water glasses originally belonged to my husband's grandparents, and for Christmas this year, my mother surprised me with the little "liquor cocktails" to match.  The pattern is by Anchor Hocking and is called either "Burple" or "Inspiration."  I love the deep emerald green.
For last year's St. Patrick's Day table I used the same glasses with my grandmother's wedding china, so I wanted to do something different this year.  I remembered some Williams-Sonoma salad plates with a green and gold pattern, so pulled those out.  I layered them on top of a plain white dinner plate and a larger gold ceramic plate.  I used plain white placemats and white napkins with a simple cutwork design and added our silver flatware.
For a little more green, I added a gold-trimmed green glass piece from my in-laws' collection.
For flowers, I found two small pots of yellow kalanchoes at HEB and decided they could be "pots of gold."  They were just starting to bloom in this photo.
Here's a "diner's view" across the table:
 Here's a view of the table set for four:
As the week went on, the kalanchoes opened up a bit more.
No shamrocks, leprechauns, or other traditional St. Patrick's Day elements on this table, but I hope all the green plus the pots of gold will qualify it for Kathleen's party!  Thank you for visiting my table this week!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Texas Independence Day!

There's a lot going on this week -- our son's birthday, Mardi Gras, and Ash Wednesday, but we can't forget Texas Independence Day on March 2nd.  What?  You don't celebrate that holiday?!  Well, I must confess that we didn't either until a few years ago.  As transplanted Texans, we didn't learn Texas history in school, so we were woefully ignorant of the fact that March 2nd marks both Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico (178 years ago) and Sam Houston's birthday.

But now we know, and so it was time to set a table honoring Texas.  This year I paired my Texas salad plates with some blue and white bordered plates in my collection.  
The little red star dishes and the Texas plates are from HEB, our grocery store, and the blue bandanna napkins were a gift from my Nashville sister.  The blue ribbed glasses were a gift from Marigene who blogs "In the Middle of Nowhere".  Aren't tablescaping friends the best?

For a centerpiece, I needed more red, so I bought some red gerbera daisies (again at HEB) and cut the stems short so I could use them in my pansy ring.
In the following photo, you can see over on the baker's rack the two Texas flags that my friend Michele, who blogs at Adventures in Thrifting, surprised me with this week. 
Here's a better view of the daisies.
I like the way the napkin's design goes with the blue bordered plate.
The daisies close up. . .
One more!
Thanks for stopping by!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, so stop by to see other tablescapes.  I wonder if anyone else is celebrating Texas Independence Day!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Touch of Pink

Again this week, my table began with a glass -- pink this time.  I had admired these at Pottery Barn, so when they put them on sale in December, I ordered them.  At the time, I had no idea how I'd use them to set a table, as I have no pink dishes or table linens.  I just bought them because they were pretty!
I looked for pink placemats and napkins online, but apparently pink is out of vogue, because I didn't find any I liked. I decided to bring in more pink using flowers instead.  Here's a "diner's view" across the table -- white placemats and napkins, pink and white alstroemeria in short glass vases, Grandma Rachel's china, and our wedding silver.
I use these bud vase napkin rings, a gift from my daughter, all the time.  They are wonderful for bringing a little more color to the table.  Oops, that napkin could have used ironing!
Here's a view of the table, set for a lunch with friends.  Just enough pink for me!
Here's a closeup of Grandma Rachel's china -- it's the Admiral pattern by Heinrich H&C.  The little cluster of pink flowers is the only pink on any of my china patterns.  (I'm more of a blue girl.)  I think Grandma Rachel would be tickled to see me pairing her pretty vintage china with glasses from Pottery Barn!
The alstroemeria included the perfect shade of pink!  And 15 stems were just $7 at Sam's Club.
Another view. . .
Couldn't resist this closeup.  Those two central striped petals form a heart!
One more look at the placesetting.
Thank you for visiting!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Start with a Purple Glass

It all started when I saw some pretty purple glasses in the clearance pages of a Ballard Design catalog.  They were marked way down, plus I had a coupon, so I ordered them.  They arrived in just a few days, and they were even prettier in person.  If you look closely, you can see the pattern includes a crown. 
I asked my husband to bring home some purple flowers from the grocery store, and he obliged, selecting these lovely Dutch iris.
I tried several combinations of china patterns and placemats and even briefly considered ironing a giant white tablecloth before I came to my senses.  I only have one set of napkins in my stash that includes a little purple, and no other linens in the "right" purple, so I finally settled on using the plain white backside of some placemats.
I used plain white plates set on silver chargers -- really silver trays we received as wedding gifts.  Each one is a little different.
 Silver was apparently a LOT less expensive way back in 1972, because we received a lot of it!  Over the years my trays have played a role in many receptions, bridal and baby showers, etc.
Once I settled on using the silver trays as chargers, I pulled out more silver to continue the theme.  The silver goblets were also wedding gifts.
The tiny salt and pepper shakers belonged to my in-laws.  Aren't they sweet?
I happened to remember some purple candles, left from our Advent wreath, so after a quick polish of the candelabra, the centerpiece was complete.
Here's a placesetting. 
And here are a few views of the table.

Thank you for visiting! I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch later this week.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bring on the Daffodils!

Who's tired of wintry weather? Hands? I thought so. We Central Texans have had to wear COATS lately.  Yes, they are Texas coats that wouldn't protect us from, say, a Chicago winter, but most years, we only have to pull them out a few times.  This year, they're getting a workout.

While at Home Depot over the weekend, I spotted these miniature daffodils in pots and couldn't resist the hint of spring they offered.  Of course, I had to set a table to show them off.

Yellow and green was the obvious color scheme, so I pulled out green placemats and linen-look napkins with a green blanket-stitched edging, then added a green and yellow salad plate (Williams-Sonoma, two years ago) and a yellow appetizer plate that was a gift from my daughter.  A green water glass and our wedding silver complete the placesetting.

The daffodils were soaking up the late afternoon sun in the dining room after several overcast days.

Love this golden light!

When daffodils appear, can spring be far behind?  Come on, Mother Nature!

Thank you for visiting The Dull and the Dutiful this week!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.